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The Milky Way


Published 1936


After the champion middle-weight boxer is knocked out in a scuffle with milkman Harold Lloyd, Harold gets the chance to fight the champ in the ring. Adolphe Menjou and William Gargan also appear. The IMDB entry is here.

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Run time 1:27:27
Audio/Visual sound, black and white

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Reviewer: Dark Moon - - May 28, 2011
Subject: All that's missing is the banana creme pie
...or maybe Moe, Larry, Curly, and Shemp. In other words, if you like physical comedy, you should love this. I have to admit, I liked it better than Soupy Sales or The Three Stooges, but this sort of comedy has never done anything for me. That's nothing against the genre (or this film), it's just the fickle and personal nature of this "sense" we call humour.

It's not all physical, though. In particular, Verree Teasdale hones her fine-edged tongue, and snarks with the best of 'em—in fact, she has some of the best one-liners in the whole film. As is typical in movies of this era (and plenty of modern ones, as well) the women make things a great deal more complicated for their guys. Helen Mack's character plays a pivotal role in that department, since she is sister to Lloyd's character, and falls in love with the middle-weight boxing chump who is destined for a bout in the ring with Lloyd. Her cross-eyed demonstration of what a punch-drunk fighter looks like is absolutely priceless.

However, my Oscar vote for best supporting roles goes to Agnes the mare, who showed more wit and real feeling than the rest of the cast put together (except for Harold Lloyd, who either had a remarkable touch with the animals, or was coached exceedingly well by their trainers), and her tres adorable filly, who was totally comfortable with riding uptown in a taxi. I must admit to my bias, though: some of my best friends have been of the equine persuasion.

As for Lloyd himself, he was a bird of a quite different feather. You know what they say, if it walks like a duck, quacks like a duck...and, in particular, knows HOW to duck... :D
Reviewer: MaryAnna - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 20, 2010
Subject: Special place in my heart
This one was my first Harold Lloyd movie! People,don't limit yourself to just these few H.L. movies,he's done SO much more
Reviewer: cabootee - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 31, 2008
Subject: Just so funny
I really like this movie. The milk man,Harold Lloyd is so funny. He is afraid of his own shadow but he is clever, modest and stupid. He uses converstaion to quiet his enemies. He has lots of funny physical moves, like running away, training as a fighter that just crack me up. Nice surprise ending. Funny,watch it!
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